Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:35 pm Post subject: O2's or Hardwire's?
I'm thinking of replacing my Roxy's with something more active - either the 02's or Voile hardwire's. I have 01's on my all mountain skis & love them, so was thinking of 02's, but then read the Hardwire review in Telemark Skier's buyers guide (jump & jib binding section) giving props to the sturdiness & "super active" pivot point. I'm thinking the 02's have still got to be more active then the hardwires though the price on the hardwires is making me think twice...advice?
I'm a huge 3pin HW fan. I ski the 3pin HW on on all my setups including my park skis. They rip and are super reliable. I will admit that I ski some Bombers occasionally, but not because the 3pins are lacking.
They are an active binding but probably not as active as the O2. They'll be plenty more active then your Roxy's though.
The O2/O1 and also the hammerhead have that distinct feeling of the cables running under your feet. If you really want that feeling then you may not like the Voile.
I also tour on the 3pin HW and enjoy having the durability/simplicity in the BC. If for any reason you bust a rod, cartridge, or heel assembly, it's not the end of the world. The 3pin toe is pretty much indistructable and can always get you home. Undoing the heel throw also gives you a low resistance touring option.
Finally, you can't beat the price on these bindings. They can usually be found for much cheaper than BD's or HH's.
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